Uninstall/Completely Remove AVG Secure Search from your Computer and Browsers

by Venkat eswarlu on August 24, 2012

in Troubleshooting

AVG Secure Search on installing changes default search provider, home page of browsers, installs AVG Security toolbar for IE and Firefox. AVG left the user in a situation where he doesn’t know how to remove AVG Secure Search from Chrome, IE and Firefox browsers, let us take a look how to remove it from these browsers.

Today we’ve covered newly introduced service from AVG, AVG Secure Search which has been released by discontinuing LinkScanner service, now the cleanup job if you’ve installed this standalone product on your computer, you can’t find option to uninstall it from Programs and features in windows 7 or from Add/remove programs in XP, you’ll only find AVG Security Toolbar though which can be uninstalled easily.

Removing AVG Secure Search from Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer

I. For Firefox

1. If not already disabled, open Firefox add-ons manager>extensions, select “AVG Security Toolbar” and click on disable button.

2. We’ve noticed searches made from search bar still generate results using Google but searches done from awesome bar opens search results using AVG Secure Search, that can be annoying, continued to read below for the fix

If you’re seeing AVG Secure Search as default Search engine in Firefox search bar click arrow button next to and select Manage Search Engines>select AVG Secure Search and remove it and set another search engine you wish to use as default one.

3. Now type about:config in address bar and search for below preferences one by one, right-click and select Reset button for each one.

  • browser.search.defaultenginename
  • browser.search.searchEnginesURL
  • keyword.URL

browser.search.defualt search enginename thumb Uninstall/Completely Remove AVG Secure Search from your Computer and Browsers

If reset option is grayed out for selected preference you don’t need to do anything you’re already using default search engine other than AVG’s to search from search bar.

For Internet Explorer

1. Tools>Manage Add-ons select AVG security toolbar and disable it.

2. Select Search Providers on Manager add-ons window, on the right-pane you can see (AVG secure search listed as default search engine here along with Google and Bing) right click on Search Engine you want and click set as default.

AVG Secure Search IE thumb Uninstall/Completely Remove AVG Secure Search from your Computer and Browsers

Now right-click on AVG Secure search and select ‘disabled suggestions’ button and further click on  ‘remove’ button, restart IE for the changes to take effect.

III. For chrome

From hot dogs icon select Settings> scroll down for search section under it choose your search engine.

choose defualt search engine chrome thumb Uninstall/Completely Remove AVG Secure Search from your Computer and Browsers

Now go to Extensions page Tools>Extensions> remove AVG Secure Search extension.

You also need to reset homepage in Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer browsers to default homepage.


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Terry October 21, 2012 at 4:27 am

I’ve done this and now AVG doesn’t even show as an add-on, nonetheless I STILL cannot get rid of AVG as my home page and search default. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Ever since this hijacked an GOM install I did (I carefully made sure I wasn’t agreeing to any add-ons) I’ve been getting bogus links on every page I view on the internet.


Venkat October 21, 2012 at 7:55 am

For which browser IE, Firefox or Chrome?changing homepage is easy, set another one as homepage.


Molly January 29, 2013 at 1:12 am

I used Revo Uninstaller (Pro). Worked like a charm.


Katie February 18, 2013 at 12:54 am

Did not work for Chrome. AVG isn’t even an option in the drop down box yet it still pops up whenever I start a new tab. Have removed the extension entirely.


Venkat eswarlu February 18, 2013 at 5:17 am

Try this:click on Manage Search engines and remove avg Secure search if appear and select Google as default search, now open Chrome settings page under Appearance select show home button, under it click on change next to New Tab Page and select open this page type http://google.com, click OK. Let me know if that helped you or not.


Pedro February 27, 2013 at 11:45 pm

This didn’t work for me either, iv’e uninstalled avg through windows 7 and did the steps on chrome. didn’t go away but it did add an extra secure search tab, so now i’m stuck with two instead of the one. Next step is to just end my 2 year paid subscription to avg and use a different provider. UGH!


Venkat eswarlu February 28, 2013 at 6:59 am

Try Avast Browser Cleanup tool, hope it helps you.


Bob March 20, 2013 at 8:34 am

AVG is supposed to remove infections NOT be one!


lifestyle December 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm

This is exactly what I feel about AVG now… its AVG Secure Search toolbar with its persistent and unrecoverable behaviour should immediately classify it as a SPYWARE/hijacking program!


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